Online Courses

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The Institute of Public Administration is pleased to outline our wide range of online short training courses and webinar offerings. IPA courses and webinars are delivered by subject matter experts with in-depth experience and knowledge of their specialist areas.

All our offerings incorporate quality content professionally delivered to enhance learning, knowledge and understanding. Disseminating good practice coupled with learner centred development are central to our service philosophy and fundamental to our teaching and facilitation approaches. So as to ensure learning outcomes, particularly for training courses, are achieved class sizes may be limited and similarly there would be a minimum number envisaged to allow for interaction and peer learning.

We are committed to deliver high quality and professional events and where relevant for the training courses, participants will be provided with pre-reading preparatory material so as to commence the participant – specialist engagement in advance of the virtual interaction in the wider class setting.  This material will assist with orientation and group / individual work. This approach is a hallmark of our online training approach.

The IPA Training Prospectus for September to December 2022 will be available shortly.

For a monthly overview of courses scheduled please see our Events Calendar HERE.

Contact us via training@ipa.ie if you would like a copy of the Prospectus emailed to you when it is finalised.

A critical component of the Public Spending Code is the financial analysis which supports your projects / programmes.  The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has provided two excel files to guide the financial analysis for proposals / projects / programmes under €1 million and over €1 million. This training delivers a workshop to help participants navigate and populate the financial analysis templates.  In addition, the course aims to develop the skills and knowledge of the participants in investment appraisal tools and techniques to support a financial analysis.

This programme, Public Spending Code: Carrying out a Financial Analysis (November 2021 Update), builds on our general Public Spending Code course and attendance is recommended at that course prior to taking this programme.

Commences:
24 October 2022 | 14 December 2022
Duration:
One Day Online Course

The aim of the Certificate in Audit Skills (CAS) is to develop the skills and knowledge of public sector internal auditors in order to carry out effective audits and make a greater contribution to the governance of their organisations.  The Certificate is an issues-based course focused on skills enhancement to meet the ever-changing needs of the auditor in delivering an added value and quality service. The programme examines in detail, and in a very practical manner, the key areas of the work of an internal auditor.

Commences:
6-8 September 2022
Duration:
12 Days (Four x Three Day Modules)

Courtroom Skills is a one-day intenstive training course that is ideal for anyone who may be expected to give evidence in court in a professional capacity. Participants will learn about effective courtroom presentation and communication skills. Particular focus is placed on confidence building and assertive communication. Participants will have an opportunity to be examined in chief and cross-examined on a sample-case and receive one to one feedback. 

Commences:
14 October 2022
Duration:
One Day

Commercial Rates Law is a one day online course that is for staff working within the Irish Local Government Sector who are dealing with the process of collecting commercial rates.

Debt Management Units have been established in Irish Local Authorities to deal with many areas of debt management including debts associated with commercial rates, housing rents and housing loans. The focus of this course centres specifically on the area of commercial rates law.

Commences:
6 October 2022 | 16 November 2022
Duration:
One Day Online Course

A good Financial Management Maturity Model will link practice and awareness of financial management to strategic outcomes of an organisation.  In 2018, the Comptroller and Auditor General published a good practice guide (Special Report 101) to assist public sector bodies.  

This half day course presents key financial management principles underpinning good practice and reviews this guide for application in the real world.  The course will be of particular interest to Executives and Boards within Public Sectors entities. 

Commences:
7 September 2022 | 7 November 2022 | 5 December 2022
Duration:
Half Day Online Course

Fraud affects the whole organisation. Boards and Senior Management have an important role to play in developing a fraud culture.

With the level of scrutiny and accountability that is required from organisations, fraud is a significant risk and Internal Audit plays a significant role when auditing internal controls.   

Commences:
23 November 2022
Duration:
Half Day Online Course

The responsibility for budget management and control is being cascaded down to individual Departments and Centres within Irish Local Government.  This creates a need for those with the responsibility for these areas and Elected Members to understand the financial processes, reports and documents that they are being asked to comment upon.

This half day Budget Management and Control for Local Government course is designed to provide the support needed by detailing the system of preparing budgets, the process by which actual expenditure is calculated and the control system used whereby actual and budgetary figures are compared to produce ‘variances’.  The process of analysing variances, for the purpose of explaining under or over spending is a key aspect of this course, in the same way that is the main means of effecting budgetary control in Local Government.

Commences:
4 October 2022
Duration:
Half Day Online Course

Standards for Rented Houses is a training programme for all staff, both professional/technical and administrative, who have responsibilities related to enforcement of the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019. The IPA, working in close collaboration with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, present this four-day training progamme. 

The programme seeks to bring about a common understanding among Inspectorate Staff, and thereby a standardisation, in interpretation and implementation of the Regulations and Guidelines both within individual local authorities and across the sector generally.

Commences:
5-6 October 2022
Duration:
Four Days
Accreditation:
Housing Training Network

Under the Public Spending Code (2019), project evaluation is critical in providing evidence of efficiency, effectiveness and impact of a project as per the Value for Money Review (VFMRs) and Focused Policy Assessment guidelines (FPAs). This one-day course, Public Spending Code: Data For Evaluation, introduces users to the analytical elements involved in undertaking a VFMR or a FPA, supporting project evaluation from conception to completion (ex-post evaluation). 

Participants will be introduced to data evaluation techniques from primary to secondary sources. The session will also include an overview of statistical methods such as descriptive statistics, correlation and regression analysis recommended by the VFMR.

Commences:
12 October 2022
Duration:
One Day Online Course

Under the Public Spending Code (2019), project evaluation is critical in providing evidence of efficiency, effectiveness and impact of a project as per the Value for Money Review (VFMRs) and Focused Policy Assessment guidelines (FPAs). This one-day course, Public Spending Code: Data For Evaluation, introduces users to the analytical elements involved in undertaking a VFMR or a FPA, supporting project evaluation from conception to completion (ex-post evaluation). 

Participants will be introduced to data evaluation techniques from primary to secondary sources. The session will also include an overview of statistical methods such as descriptive statistics, correlation and regression analysis recommended by the VFMR.

Commences:
12 October 2022
Duration:
One Day Online Course

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